Unlawful Interference Tupolev Tu-154B-2 RA-85556, Tuesday 24 August 2004
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Date:Tuesday 24 August 2004
Time:22:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-154B-2
Owner/operator:Sibir Airlines
Registration: RA-85556
MSN: 82A556
Year of manufacture:1982
Total airframe hrs:30751 hours
Engine model:Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Fatalities:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:8 km from Gluboki -   Russia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD)
Destination airport:Adler/Sochi Airport (AER/URSS)
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Narrative:
Sibir Airlines Flight 1047, a Tupolev Tu-154, departed Moscow about 22:40 on a domestic passenger flight to Sochi, Russia. At an altitude of 12100 m an explosion occurred inside cabin on the right hand side on seat row 25. An explosive decompression followed and the aircraft entered a descent. It subsequently broke up and crashed, killing all 46 on board.

The aircraft crashed almost simultaneously with a Volga-Aviaexpress Tupolev Tu-134 which had also departed Moscow's Domodedovo Airport earlier that night. Investigations revealed traces of Hexogen, a highly sophisticated explosive also known as RDX in the wreckage. It appeared that the explosives had been carried aboard by a female passenger. Two female suicide bombers arrived at Moscow at 19:45 on the same day on a flight from Makhachkala in the company of another two Chechens. They were taken aside on arrival and were handed to a police captain in charge of antiterrorist precautions, but they were released without apparently having been searched. Both women then bought tickets on the Sibir flight to Sochi and the Volga-Aviaexpress to Volgograd from a black-market peddler. After bribing a Sibir Airlines employee in charge of check-in and boarding one of the women was able to bypass security and get on board the Tupolev Tu-154.

The cause of the crashes of Tu-154 RA 85556 and Tu-134 RA 65080 aircrafts on August 24, 2004 was the destruction of aircraft construction in flight as a result of the impact of explosive charges.

Sources:

gazeta.ru
ITAR-TASS
Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation

Statistics

  • 3rd worst accident in 2004
  • 26th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 22nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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photo (c) David Russell; Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD); July 2000

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